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John Butchard

January 16, 1951January 19, 2021

Butchard, John – It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Husband, Dad, and Grandad John Butchard. John passed away suddenly at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, just a few days after his 70th Birthday. John will be missed dearly by his loving wife Phyllis, his children John (Dawn), Jayne, Jamie (Jennifer), Stephen (Shannon), Debbie (Adam) & Paul (Rachel), and by his grandchildren Ava, Jack, Liam, Clare, Alfie, Toby, Emily, Ashleigh & Lola. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret, Ann-Marie & Cecelia. He will be missed by many family and friends near and far. John will never be far from our hearts, and his laughter and love will continue to be with us every day, and will live in our hearts always. We will hear his laughter when we tell a joke, feel his joy when we watch Liverpool games, and we will celebrate him often, retelling all his stories.

John’s passion was his family and he made it known to everyone he came in contact with. Most importantly, he let us, his family, know each and every day what we meant to him. The pain of having lost him is smaller than the joy of having had him in our lives, and those memories will comfort us as we move through this difficult time.

Please go home and tell a joke tonight. When you spend time with your family, raise a glass to John and remember to make sure to tell the people you love that you love them and that “Life is a Bowl of Cherries”.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Sick Kids Hospital, a place near and dear to John’s heart.

Due to Covid restrictions, the service will be immediate family only and will take place at Oshawa Funeral Home.

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Kyle Gardiner

February 1, 2021

All my memories of John are of an extremely fit and jovial gentleman. I always looked forward to him holding the Whitby team's soccer practice. Not only would I instantly know I was going to learn something more about soccer, but I was going to get a great workout--seeing as he wouldn't even let us stand still.

Moreover, he had a great skill at ribbing me just enough to get a little more out of my practice performance, along with another skill to neutralize tension. Specifically, I remember we had a big game, in some tournament--I think--and he was helping us all warm up. I remember that when he had us do our hip stretches--by rotating our waists--he would point out that the other team was for sure worried about us now.

John was one of a kind, whom could easily leave a positive lasting impression in very little time, as he did with me. Rest in peace John.

BRIAN SCOTT

January 30, 2021

I knew John from our days at the Whitby Racquetball Club. John possessed a great sense of humor and his laugh was infectious.

From talking to John it was evident that "Family" was the most important aspect of his life.

John Butchard was one of those rare individuals who made an indelible impression on everyone he met and he will be missed.

My condolences to his Family.

Brian J. Scott
Whitby, ON

Gord McKECHNIE

January 28, 2021

God do I remember you as does Susan, Jennifer, Sheena and Shaun. What a funny loved man. Never really knew what John really did. Always described himself as a rogue. Which probably translate into sales. You were a great man with a great accent as with all the kids I knew, Jamie, Stephen, Debbie and Paul and his constant bag of chips. What a great family and Phyllis it must be quite a hit for you right now. All our thoughts are with you. One last great memory. We were all at home. Shaun was just a young kid. All of a sudden there was a knock at the door. I answered it with Shaun. Opened it and unbeknownst to us, Santa Claus with his bag of toys barged in. We all were in shock. All of us. Here he was in person. Handed gifts, shook hands and HoHoHo he was gone. What just happened cemented our belief in greatness at Christmas Time. RIP John, but somehow I know you won't Rest. Laugh and have Fun In Peace (LIP and FIP but not RIP) ... Gord, Susan, Jennifer, Sheena and Shaun...

Gord McKECHNIE

January 28, 2021

God do I remember you as does Susan, Jennifer, Sheena and Shaun. What a funny loved man. Never really knew what John really did. Always described himself as a rogue. Which probably translate into sales. You were a great man with a great accent as with all the kids I knew, Jamie, Stephen, Debbie and Paul and his constant bag of chips. What a great family and Phyllis it must be quite a hit for you right now. All our thoughts are with you. One last great memory. We were all at home. Shaun was just a young kid. All of a sudden there was a knock at the door. I answered it with Shaun. Opened it and unbeknownst to us, Santa Claus with his bag of toys barged in. We all were in shock. All of us. Here he was in person. Handed gifts, shook hands and HoHoHo he was gone. What just happened cemented our belief in greatness at Christmas Time. RIP John, but somehow I know you won't Rest. Laugh and have Fun In Peace (LIP and FIP but not RIP) ... Gord, Susan, Jennifer, Sheena and Shaun...

Cindy and Pete Ceccanese

January 28, 2021

Dearest Jamie, Jen, and Clare
We are so sorry for your loss. We know how unbearable and devastating the loss of a parent is. We are wishing you all of our love, strength, and armour to get you through this awful time. We are literally right next door should you guys needs anything.

Sending hugs and strength to all of you

Lots of love
Cindy and Pete

Jean Munroe

January 26, 2021

I had the pleasure of living beside Phyllis and John for many years in Oshawa. I saw their children grow up and turn in great people. Although it has been many years since I have seen the family I know that I have many fond memories of my meeting John and his family. We spent many a time on my deck having a few and laughing and laughing one time until the sun came up. He was a great laugh and I loved his laugh. Our kids were similar and age and they all took their different paths but I do know that they still are in touch through social media. I wish the family nothing but the best and my heart goes out to the family. Phyllis, my condolences I know he was your rock. To the kids wishing you the best I know you will miss your Dad he was one special guy. I will never forget him. Cheers Johnnie...!

Michael & Heather Harris

January 24, 2021

With heartfelt sympathy, wishing your family peace and comfort in the midst of this immeasurable sorrow. H&M

Tracy Griffin

January 24, 2021

Uncle John, I still can’t believe you are physically gone from this world. I miss you already and will miss hearing “life is a bowl of cherries”. I will always remember your laugh, the smile that radiated from you and the love you had for family. You have left a legacy that will live on with my beautiful aunt, cousins and of course all of your grandchildren. Now is your time to rest. God speed Uncle John may you Rest In Peace today and always. Love Tracy, Miles, Ryan and Jake xoxo

Darlene Curry

January 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Jamie, Jenn, Clare and the family, especially his wife Phyllis. I never had the opportunity to me John but I heard such wonderful things about him through Jennifer’s mom. There are no words to ease your loss, but may you take comfort in the memories and those special moments you all got to share together. Sending love to you all, Darlene & Leonard Kelly

Larry Moreino

January 22, 2021

Dear Phyllis and family.
We first met as neighbours on Lanark Drive. Right from the start, we experienced John's love of family, and a good joke followed by infectious laughter that came with an energy that made it hard to keep up with him. This segues nicely into his love of sport, especially football(soccer) where his energy level was evident as he encouraged (loudly) his son Paul from the sidelines. He added another level of excitement to the game as Paul and our son Anthony, both five at the time, played on for the Thornton-Dundee Park team. John was an avid Liverpool Football Club fan and I, being a fan of The Beatles enjoyed listening to his Liverpudlian accent and thus we bonded. Sadly, our families went our separate ways but often bumped into one or another Butchard over the years. My last encounter with John was at a Harvey's hamburger joint in Oshawa about two summers ago. We had a good chat, not realizing that would be our last time. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My family has a saying, "when you hear thunder rolls, it is Saints Peter and Paul playing football." Now they will have a new member on the team. It might be louder up there but more fun! Rest in peace John.
Larry, Anna Moreino and family.

FROM THE FAMILY